Sudan announces new cabinet with ex-rebels as ministers

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IslamNews – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced Monday a new cabinet bringing in seven ex-rebel chiefs as ministers, following a peace deal in October aimed to end decades of war.

Veteran rebel leader and economist Gibril Ibrahim, of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) — which played a major role in the Darfur conflict — was appointed as Sudan’s new finance minister.

“We have reached consensus on over 25 ministries,” Hamdok said, during a press conference in Khartoum.

“This lineup aims to preserve this country from collapse…we know there will be challenges but we are certain that we will move forward.”

Hamdok dissolved the previous cabinet on Sunday to make way for a more inclusive lineup in government.

Two ministers were selected from the military, with the remaining coming from the Forces for Freedom and Change group, which plays a key role in Sudanese politics.

The group was the driving force behind the anti-government protests that led to the April 2019 ouster ofstrongman Omar al-Bashir.

Source: France 24

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